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Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Markus Hannikainen For Eighth Trip To NHL

CLEVELAND – The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters announced Saturday that second-year left wing Markus Hannikainen was recalled by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth time this season.

Haanikainen, a 6’1”, 190 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, has 9-5-14 to his credit in 27 appearances for the Monsters this season, along with ten penalty minutes and a +4 rating. In ten career NHL appearances for Blue Jackets spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Hannikainen logged 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes.

The Blue Jackets dropped an overtime loss to Pittsburgh Friday 4-3 and the Monsters fell to the Iowa Wild being shutout by Alex Stalock, who tightened the clamps 3-0, causing Cleveland to fall to fifth in the Central Division standings.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday rematch vs. the Wild with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Tonight is Cleveland Hockey Rocks night and the first 10,000 guests receive a t-shirt while supplies last.

Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.

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